Fulham boss Chris Coleman felt his side were unfairly denied victory against Tottenham – even though the linesman made the right decision for Pascal Chimbonda’s equaliser.
Chimbonda levelled with two minutes remaining at Craven Cottage, with Tom Huddlestone’s free-kick being challenged by Franck Queudrue and Dimitar Berbatov before the ball fell to the full-back at the far post.
Although Queudrue had the final touch, Coleman needed several replays before it became clear the linesman was correct.
‘It looked like the last touch was off Franck Queudrue but if the linesman can see it he’s superman,’ said Coleman.
‘If he’s seen it I’ll apologise, I’ll be amazed if that`s the case. If he thinks Berbatov has won the header I would like to know why it wasn’t offside.’
Coleman’s men looked set for victory after Vincenzo Montella’s penalty with eight minutes left after Michael Dawson had handled in the area.
They had played much of the second half with 10 men after Heidar Helguson was dismissed, receiving a second yellow card after leaving a foot in on Huddlestone.
‘I said to `H` to be careful but he’s 100% – that`s him,’ added Coleman. ‘I don’t think he touched him but he’s come off the floor with his feet.’
Despite being down to 10 men, Coleman brought on Montella and debutant Clint Dempsey to remain an attacking threat.
‘You can only be on the ropes for so long,’ said Coleman. ‘We’ve been down to 10 men before and you can only hold on for so long.
‘We were camped in our own half with 4-4-1.
‘Vincenzo’s reputation is something Tottenham would know about, so that’s why we wanted him on the pitch.’
Montella tucked away his penalty but the lead did not last long and Chimbonda levelled, meaning Fulham have drawn their last six Premiership matches.
‘We’re unbeaten on one hand but three points would have made us 10th,’ added Coleman.